Baby Archie Harrisons christening where when and everything you need to know

Prince George has seven godparents, including Prince William’s cousin, Zara Tindall, and a number of close friends of the couple.  Julia Samuel, a close friend of Princess Diana, was named one of George’s godparents, and it is likely that the Sussexes will pick a godparent close to Prince Harry’s late mother.Lady Julia Fellowes, Diana’s older sister, was one of the first to meet baby Archie, visiting before either Prince William or Prince Charles.  The caption read: “This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.”The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment.” “Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie.” Prince Harry has indicated that he will closely guard the privacy of his children, and has reportedly demanded that his son is treated as a “private citizen”. Frogmore Cottage, the Sussexes’ family home in Windsor Great Park.Credit:Flickr The Duke of Cambridge arrives at the christening at Windsor Castle  Zara Tindall is godmother to Prince George.Credit:Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Getty Where was it?The ceremony was held at Windsor Castle, one of the Royal family’s oldest and most famous residences. Members of the Order of the Garter arrive at St George's Chapel for the annual Order of the Garter Service at Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 17, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Garter. Photo credit should read: Ben Stansall/PA Wire Since then, the new family have lived in their home in the Windsor Great Park in Berkshire.Two days after his birth, the Duke and Duchess made their first public appearance with Archie at Windsor Castle for a short interview and photocall which saw the newborn cradled by his father. Christenings bring with them their own history and traditions for the royals, including the dress that Archie is expected to wear on Saturday and the ceremony’s location at the heart of Windsor Castle. The Duke and Duchess have opted not to use a ‘His Royal Highness’ style of address for Archie, and he will not take a courtesy title in line with their wishes. Who attended the ceremony?The guestlist, limited to around 25 people, included just four members of the Royal Family: the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  Royal fan John Loughrey  They have since shared two partial photos of Archie, posted on the couple’s Instagram account – SussexRoyal.The public was treated to a photo of Archie’s tiny feet on Mothering Sunday this year, and a photo of Archie in Prince Harry’s arms on Father’s Day.The timing of baby Archie’s christening is similar to that of his cousins, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who were also christened almost exactly two months after their birth in 2013 and 2015. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen driving themselves to the christening and are not thought to have brought Archie’s cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis with them.A royal helicopter was seen leaving Windsor Castle following the christening ceremony. It is thought the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were on board the aircraft.Notably absent was The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh who also missed Prince Louis’s christening last year, but did attend both Prince George’s and Princess Charlotte’s ceremonies. The couple have insisted that the names of his godparents will remain hidden “in keeping with their wishes”. Previous royal christenings have generally seen the palace announce limited details for the public historic record including the names of the family and friends entrusted with the infant’s spiritual wellbeing. If the Sussexes follow the Cambridges’ example they will choose between five and seven.  Serena Williams, who is competing at Wimbledon this week, has been tipped as a possible godparent.The Duchess of Sussex was spotted cheering on her friend during her match on Thursday versus Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan.Jessica Mulroney, a Canadian fashion stylist, has also been suggested.However, Church of England rules dictate that godparents must be baptised themselves before they can accept the role.While the Church does not specify the Christian denomination to which godparents should be affiliated, it does require them to be Christians.That would count out Ms Mulroney, who is Jewish.Another of the couple’s VIP friends is eligible for the role of godparent and is understood to be well-respected by the Sussexes. Some commentators have speculated that some of the Duchess’s transatlantic friends could be godparents.  But as the first-born son of Prince Harry and his new wife, Archie’s formal entrance into the Church of England is an important event for royal watchers around the world. Here is everything we know about Archie’s christening. Mr Loughrey, a royal fan of 22-years, said: “I’m here to see Meghan and Harry and their first born child – I’m looking forward to seeing them in the future because at the moment we aren’t seeing them as a family that much.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis after Prince Louis’s christening at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace.Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA What was the significance of the christening?The christening marked Archie’s formal admission to the Church of England.During the ceremony the Archbishop of Canterbury will have appointed Archie’s godparents, who have been chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.The ceremony is important for the Royal family, and marks the link between the Christian faith and the United Kingdom, cemented by the Queen’s dual role as head of the Church of England and head of state. ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Zara Tindall on day three, Ladies Day, of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)  The Duke of Cambridge arrives at the christening at Windsor Castle  Doria Ragland visiting baby Archie with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Windsor CastleCredit:Chris Allerto/SussexRoyal/AP The chapel seats around 30 people, leaving plenty of room for the family’s 25 guests.The private chapel is best known for being the source of the 1992 fire at Windsor Castle, after which it was fully renovated.Unlike St George’s Chapel, which seats around 800 people, the private chapel will house a smaller and more intimate ceremony, away from the crowds of spectators that gather outside St George’s during important events.Windsor Castle will be open as normal to the public this weekend, and the weather is expected to be warm, so the castle is likely to be busy.Excited well-wishers are however unlikely to catch a glimpse of baby Archie, since the state rooms wing of the castle is inaccessible to the public. St George’s Chapel, Windsor, during the annual Order of the Garter service in June.Credit:Ben Stansall/PA Wire The Duchess of Sussex’s mother, Doria Ragland was also there for her grandson, alongside the sisters of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale. The ceremonyThe Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, carried out the baptism. As the Primate of All England, the task of welcoming a new royal member of the Church falls to Archbishop Welby, who also baptised and confirmed the Duchess of Sussex into the Anglican faith, two months before she married Prince Harry in March 2018.The Archbishop also carried out Prince George’s christening in October 2013, Princess Charlotte’s in July 2015 and Prince Louis’s in July 2018. The Archbishop will use water from the River Jordan for the baptism.  Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened today at Windsor Castle in an intimate ceremony with guests including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.The two-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was baptised in an intimate ceremony with family and friends at the castle’s chapel.In common with other royal christenings, Archie’s ceremony happened entirely behind closed doors. But, unlike recent services for royals including the three Cambridge children, the public were not invited to see the happy family and their guests arrive or depart. Instead, the Sussexes shared two photographs of their choice on their official Instagram.  Frogmore Cottage, Windsor Great Park. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34828070@N00/338674917 Details of the preparationsWillow Crossley, the Cotswold florist known for her natural, rustic arrangements, is understood to have provided the flower arrangements, after impressing the couple with decorations for their Royal wedding evening event at Frogmore in May 2018. The company’s van, along with other suppliers, was seen entering Windsor Castle early on Friday morning. Official photographs will taken by Chris Allerton, who also captured the Sussex’s evening wedding reception, in the Green Drawing Room.   Doria Ragland visiting baby Archie with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle  It was originally reported that the ceremony would be held in the castle’s St George’s Chapel, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married last year and where Harry was christened in 1984.St George’s Chapel has since seen the marriage of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank, and Lady Gabriella Windsor to Thomas Kingston.However, the ceremony actually took place in another private chapel, the Queen’s private chapel in Windsor Castle, with official photographs taken in the Green Drawing Room also used for the wedding pictures of his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis after Prince Louis's christening at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace. Oprah Winfrey announced earlier this year that she will produce a documentary series about mental health with the Duke and Duchess, set to be released in 2020. She has also been open about her Christianity, which would qualify her to offer spiritual advice to Archie in the future.George and Amal Clooney, who attended last year’s royal wedding, have already dismissed rumours that Mr Clooney had been earmarked for one of the godparent roles. The Hollywood actor told Jimmy Kimmel Live, a US talk show, that it would be a “bad idea” to make him godfather to baby Archie, as he is busy enough as a father of twins.  What did Archie wear?All of Queen Elizabeth’s great-grandchildren have worn a replica of the Honiton lace christening gown commissioned by Queen Victoria for the baptism of her first child, Princess Victoria, in 1841.It was worn by 62 royal babies over the course of 163 years, including Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry. It was retired in 2004 after it was decided the dress was too delicate to continue being used in services. A replica gown was created by Angela Kelly, the Queen’s wardrobe advisor, and was worn by Archie’s cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in their christenings. Archie also wore the replica gown for his ceremony on Saturday.Well-wishers lined the streets Royal fans and well-wishers have been lining the streets of Windsor since yesterday in the hope of catching a glimpse of the seventh-in-line to the throne.John Loughrey, a 64-year-old retired chef from Streatham, told the Telegraph he had been pitched up with a banner, bunting and American flags since 4pm on Friday. The Lily Font, the silver baptismal font commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840 and used in royal christenings ever since, will be used, just as it was for Archie’s cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Members of the choir of St George’s Chapel, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex got married and Prince Harry was christened, will sing at the ceremony. GodparentsA key element of a christening is the appointment of godparents, who will pledge to look after Archie and provide him with spiritual guidance throughout his life.However, in a marked departure from traditional royal christenings, the couple will keep the identity of the godparents a secret. It is understood that no members of the Royal Family will be among the list of godparents. When was it?The ceremony took place today, July 6, exactly two months after baby Archie was born. The Duchess of Sussex was reported to have originally planned for a home birth at Frogmore Cottage, but moved to a private London maternity wing in the Portland hospital. Royal fan John Loughrey Credit: PA “I slept here for five days before Archie was born and now I’m here for the christening.” Some fans expressed disappointment at the low-profile nature of the christening. Anne Daley, who has been waiting with her dog Camilla, said: “I’ve been a royalist since the age of three when my father was in the ceremonial Irish guard for the Queen Mother at Clarence House. “We thought that they might change their mind this morning and show the royal fans a glimpse of the baby but it looks like it’s not going to happen.” The 63-year-old semi retired air-stewardess added: “It’s quite disappointing really – we’ve seen the fingers, toes, we’ve seen him in black and white but we haven’t properly seen him yet.” read more

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